As winter lingers across Australia, another round of snow is expected to close out this weekend in parts of Victoria and southern New South Wales.
On the heels of snow falling in some areas where residents usually do not see snow last weekend, a new blast of chilly air will bring more snow to southeastern Australia through Monday morning.
However, the upcoming snow event may stop short of reaching the lowest elevations that turned white amid the previous winter storm.
Snow settled down to around 300 meters (just under 1,000 feet) in Victoria and New South Wales last weekend. Snow levels may lower to around 450 meters (1,500 feet) into Monday morning.
That means that residents in Canberra may see more snowflakes flying if enough cold air arrives before the area dries out.
“On average over the last few decades, snow falls without settling in Canberra once every year or two,” according to Bureau of Meteorology Climatologist Blair Trewin.
Last Friday night marked the first time that snow was seen during an AFL/VFL football match.
Snow enthusiasts will not have to travel far to enjoy a fresh snowfall.
There can be 8-15 cm (3-6 inches) of snow settling on elevations between 600 and 1,200 meters (2,000 and 4,000 feet). Above 1,200 meters (4,000 feet), an AccuWeather Local StormMax™ of 30 cm (12 inches) will blanket the ski resorts.
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Outside of where snow will fall, this winter storm will cause a chilly rain to spread across Victoria and into southern New South Wales.
Even if no snow falls in Canberra, residents will be shivering on Monday morning. Blustery conditions will send AccuWeather RealFeel® Temperatures down to around 7 below zero C (20 F), after topping out at around 18 C (65 F) on Sunday afternoon.
Farther to the north, snow may fall over the mountains west of Sydney into Monday morning.
Little, if any, of the storm’s rain is expected to reach the city, but there will still be a noticeable drop in temperatures.
AccuWeather RealFeel® Temperatures rose to around 23 C (73 F) on Sunday and will be replaced by readings struggling to reach 16 C (60 F) on Monday.
There are no signs of spring getting an early start this week.
“Behind this first storm, a second one will follow with some additional rain, low snow levels and strong winds starting Tuesday and probably not departing until late Thursday,” according to AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Dave Houk.
“The good news right now is that next weekend looks to be tranquil as high pressure settles in to provide some fine weather to enjoy the ski slopes.”